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Sport Iranian women attend first soccer match in 40 years

17:26  10 october  2019
17:26  10 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Iranian women can attend men's soccer match

  Iranian women can attend men's soccer match Iranian women will be allowed to watch the country's men's national team in a World Cup qualifier, after being banned from attending men's games for 40 yearsFIFA, soccer's governing body, ordered Iran to sell tickets to women for Thursday's match in Tehran's Azadi Stadium. Thousands of women have now bought tickets to watch the 2022 World Cup Qualifier against Cambodia.

Iranian women allowed to enter football stadium for first time in 40 years . Iran 's ban on women attending sports stadiums is not written into law but was put in place shortly after the 1979 While Thursday's game marks a step forward for Iranian women watching football matches , Human Rights

For nearly 40 years , women in Iran have been barred from attending certain men’s sporting events, including soccer . But on Wednesday, female spectators Before the match took place in Russia, local news agencies reported on Tuesday that Iranian women would be allowed to enter the Azadi stadium

(Reuters) - Iranian women entered the country's national stadium in Tehran on Thursday after being able to purchase tickets for a national team game for the first time in 40 years.

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Iran ’s exclusion of its 41 million women from sports stadiums for the past 40 years has led women On Thursday, for the first time, some women will be able to buy tickets and sit in Iran ’s largest In March 2018, Mr. Infantino attended a match in Iran ’s Azadi stadium while 35 women were being

Women have been banned from watching men's games since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution with only a few exceptions made for small groups on rare occasions.

But under pressure from world governing body FIFA and women's rights campaigners, Iranian authorities earmarked around 3,000 tickets for them to Thursday's World Cup Asian qualifier against Cambodia in the 78,000 capacity Azadi Stadium.

The tickets are for a special women's only section of the stadium, a decision that has been criticized by some campaigners who would prefer women to be able to attend with their male family members.

Footage posted on social media showed women arriving at the stadium more than two hours before the scheduled kick-off time.

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For the first time in almost four decades, women will be allowed to buy tickets and attend a match . The game on Thursday between Iran and Cambodia would typically merit But the match in Tehran is arguably among the most consequential sporting fixtures to be played in years , as women will be

Iranian women will be able to watch the country play football in the stadium for the first time in 40 Iran has barred women from spectating at games on the back of clerics claiming they should be She said: “ I still can’t believe this is going to happen because after all these years of working in this field

The women waved flags and blew 'vuvuzela' horns while the rest of the stadium was still mostly empty.

But while campaigners have welcomed the access granted for Thursday's game, it is unclear if such scenes will become the norm in Iran.

A report posted by the semi-official Fars news agency warned that women attending Thursday's match could be exposed to foul language, drug use and even violence.

"Now that the government has decided to let women into Azadi stadium ... we must be hopeful that the spectators will try to respect Iranian women in order to change the public atmosphere of the stadium," the report said.

FIFA stepped up pressure on Iran to meet commitments allowing women to attend World Cup qualifiers following the death last month of Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire to protest against her arrest for trying to get into a match.

Dubbed "Blue Girl" online for her favorite team Esteghlal’s colors, Khodayari had feared being jailed for six months by the Islamic Revolutionary Court for trying to enter a stadium dressed as a man.

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"Today is a historic and festive day for football, a real breakthrough," FIFA President Gianni Infantino said after Iranian women were allowed to attend a match .

Iranian men and women were allowed in a football stadium to watch a match together for the first time in 40 years for the country's 1 -0 defeat to Spain in World Cup. Banners reading “Support Iranian women to attend stadiums” were seen at Iran ’s World Cup opener against Morocco.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has urged Iranian authorities to open up stadiums to women for all games, not just World Cup qualifiers.

The sport's governing body has sent officials to Tehran to monitor access for women at the match and said it will continue to press for their inclusion.

"FIFA's stance on the access of women to the stadiums in Iran has been firm and clear: women have to be allowed into football stadiums in Iran. For all football matches," it said in a statement.

"Further details on the next steps to be implemented to ensure the future access of women to the stadiums in Iran will follow once we have performed a thorough assessment of Thursday's match based on the input provided by the FIFA delegation that is present in Tehran."

(Reporting by Simon Evans; Additional reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh in Geneva; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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